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The Grand Tour

So, I received a nice surprise the other day........the missus, out of the blue, said I should take a bike tour this year! My only thought on this was, she must have another man. But hey! Bike tour!
So......after regaining consciousness and coming round, picking myself up off the floor, I got to thinking - where to go?
I've got 7 days. Certainly don't want to stay in the UK. I've saved a few touring guides from various mags through the years, so starting flicking through these, and an idea started to formulate - The Black Forest in Germany! Not too close, not too far. And home to the B500 - consistently considered one of the top-10 biking roads in the world. Yes!
Spoke to the old man - he's up for it. Game on.
Now to planning.......
There is, however, a little thing niggling the back of my mind (no, not the thought of there being another man.....if there is, I'll bring him a gift back!! )
No.....is the SCR going to be up to it? Not in terms of "will it survive" - of course it will. But is it powerful and/or fast enough. Now, I'm no speed demon by any stretch, but most days will be at least 200 miles, some will be closer 300. Inevitably, there will be some motorway/highway involved (although I'll try to minimise this). Also bear in mind, the old man is on a BMW R1200RS - 135bhp of Bavarian loveliness. When I'm really stretching the throttle cables, he'll be about ticking over in 6th.
At the same time, I would really like to take the SCR - I think it'll be a hoot.
Take look at 'circuit' people do around the Black Forest though - I doubt there'd be much left of the pegs, never mind the feelers ('hero blobs'):

https://goo.gl/maps/tJenZsYHexC2

Can anyone assuage my fears?
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I toured all over the western USA on a crf250l, interstate highways and small two lane roads. The SCR will be fine, and you will look REALLY cool.
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So, I received a nice surprise the other day........the missus, out of the blue, said I should take a bike tour this year! My only thought on this was, she must have another man. But hey! Bike tour!
So......after regaining consciousness and coming round, picking myself up off the floor, I got to thinking - where to go?
I've got 7 days. Certainly don't want to stay in the UK. I've saved a few touring guides from various mags through the years, so starting flicking through these, and an idea started to formulate - The Black Forest in Germany! Not too close, not too far. And home to the B500 - consistently considered one of the top-10 biking roads in the world. Yes!
Spoke to the old man - he's up for it. Game on.
Now to planning.......
There is, however, a little thing niggling the back of my mind (no, not the thought of there being another man.....if there is, I'll bring him a gift back!! [IMG class=inlineimg]/forum/images/SCR950Forum/smilies/tango_face_wink.png[/IMG])
No.....is the SCR going to be up to it? Not in terms of "will it survive" - of course it will. But is it powerful and/or fast enough. Now, I'm no speed demon by any stretch, but most days will be at least 200 miles, some will be closer 300. Inevitably, there will be some motorway/highway involved (although I'll try to minimise this). Also bear in mind, the old man is on a BMW R1200RS - 135bhp of Bavarian loveliness. When I'm really stretching the throttle cables, he'll be about ticking over in 6th.
At the same time, I would really like to take the SCR - I think it'll be a hoot.
Take look at 'circuit' people do around the Black Forest though - I doubt there'd be much left of the pegs, never mind the feelers ('hero blobs'):

https://goo.gl/maps/tJenZsYHexC2

Can anyone assuage my fears?
Ben
The only real problem that I see is the seat. I would recommend an Air Hawk inflatable seat cushion. They take some getting used to the feeling like you're sitting on a couple dozen of eggs rolling around under your butt. BUTT, it's definitely worth the trade off. The relatively small gas tank is actually a good thing. You get more chances to get off of that seat! Sounds like a blast!

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Lucky you. I’m happy just to be able to ride a couple hours around the lake on a weekend before I have to be back home herding cattle . . . er, kids. My only concern would be making sure the BMW stays out of the throttle on the long stretches.

As for your marital suspicions, MGTOW.
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Check out “Tough Rides India” on Prime Video or YouTube. If they can get around the entire country on those last-gen Royal Enfields you’ll be fine.
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So, I received a nice surprise the other day........the missus, out of the blue, said I should take a bike tour this year! My only thought on this was, she must have another man. But hey! Bike tour!
So......after regaining consciousness and coming round, picking myself up off the floor, I got to thinking - where to go?
I've got 7 days. Certainly don't want to stay in the UK. I've saved a few touring guides from various mags through the years, so starting flicking through these, and an idea started to formulate - The Black Forest in Germany! Not too close, not too far. And home to the B500 - consistently considered one of the top-10 biking roads in the world. Yes!
Spoke to the old man - he's up for it. Game on.
Now to planning.......
There is, however, a little thing niggling the back of my mind (no, not the thought of there being another man.....if there is, I'll bring him a gift back!! )
No.....is the SCR going to be up to it? Not in terms of "will it survive" - of course it will. But is it powerful and/or fast enough. Now, I'm no speed demon by any stretch, but most days will be at least 200 miles, some will be closer 300. Inevitably, there will be some motorway/highway involved (although I'll try to minimise this). Also bear in mind, the old man is on a BMW R1200RS - 135bhp of Bavarian loveliness. When I'm really stretching the throttle cables, he'll be about ticking over in 6th.
At the same time, I would really like to take the SCR - I think it'll be a hoot.
Take look at 'circuit' people do around the Black Forest though - I doubt there'd be much left of the pegs, never mind the feelers ('hero blobs'):

https://goo.gl/maps/tJenZsYHexC2

Can anyone assuage my fears?
Ben
That's awesome Ben. And to be sharing that experience with your father is priceless.
Things will be fine while you're gone.
No need to bring me back a gift.

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I toured all over the western USA on a crf250l, interstate highways and small two lane roads. The SCR will be fine, and you will look REALLY cool.
Ha! That is a priority!

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The only real problem that I see is the seat. I would recommend an Air Hawk inflatable seat cushion. They take some getting used to the feeling like you're sitting on a couple dozen of eggs rolling around under your butt. BUTT, it's definitely worth the trade off. The relatively small gas tank is actually a good thing. You get more chances to get off of that seat! Sounds like a blast!
I’m not really worried about the seat, TBH. The aforementioned missus used an Airhawk when we toured France on the Harley, and didn’t really rate it. Having said that, if any of you guys in the US are willing to order me the Corbin Gunslinger Seat, and then send it on to me at cost (avoiding the ridiculous surcharges) - now that I would like!

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Lucky you. I’m happy just to be able to ride a couple hours around the lake on a weekend before I have to be back home herding cattle . . . er, kids. My only concern would be making sure the BMW stays out of the throttle on the long stretches.

As for your marital suspicions, MGTOW.
I had to look MGTOW up!!

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That's awesome Ben. And to be sharing that experience with your father is priceless.
Things will be fine while you're gone.
No need to bring me back a gift.
Aah - you’re the one then! Good luck with that.....!!
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I`m really looking forward to read some reports (and pics please) from this trip. Sounds like a great tour. I`m also hoping for the summer to give some opportunities for touring, however I have the same concerns as you about the SCR`s suitability for longer trips.

Wonderful idea though, any ideals this far what your wife is expecting as ”compensation”. (Some of us might be able to plant some seeds...)

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I`m really looking forward to read some reports (and pics please) from this trip. Sounds like a great tour. I`m also hoping for the summer to give some opportunities for touring, however I have the same concerns as you about the SCR`s suitability for longer trips.

Wonderful idea though, any ideals this far what your wife is expecting as ”compensation”. (Some of us might be able to plant some seeds...)

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Yes, there was a list of demands! Check this out.....
1) I have to leave her some spending money (fine with that).
2) Try and go in term time, so she’s not left with all the childcare (also fair)

And the last one......

3) WRITE MY WILL!! (“Just in case......you never know”)!!!

Jeez - it’s nearly put me off going!!!

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if any of you guys in the US are willing to order me the Corbin Gunslinger Seat, and then send it on to me at cost (avoiding the ridiculous surcharges) - now that I would like!
Ooh you've got me tempted here; I wouldn't mind the excuse to ride down to Hollister for the day (my own missus will be traveling for work next week anyhow), and if you are a real mate, you wouldn't mind me putting 100 miles on the new seat. For quality assurance.
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